NHL News: Player News and Updates for 2/15/14
NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on Sharp, Zetterberg, Post-Olympics TV Schedule and More
February 15, 2014
Today’s a big day on the international hockey stage, as we’ve got some pretty good-looking matchups looming in the next several hours. While we’re getting settled in, let’s take a look at some of the NHL news that’s going on both stateside and abroad. Here’s a peek at what everyone’s talking about this morning.
Olli Jokinen, C, Winnipeg Jets: Of all the NHL players in these Olympic games, Jokinen has been one of the most productive so far. He had an assist in Finland’s opener this week against Austria, and notched another pair of points (a goal and an assist) in his team’s big win over Norway yesterday.
Jokinen is no stranger to Olympic games; this is his fourth appearance, and he’s racked up 18 points in 20 career outings. We’ll get to see if he can keep it up tomorrow when Finland takes on a stout Canada team tomorrow (12:00 ET).
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Patrick Sharp, LW, Chicago Blackhawks: Speaking of the Canadians, it’s quite possible that they’ve just plain got too much talent on their roster. Sharp was a healthy scratch for the team’s win over Austria yesterday due to the overload of capable players they’ve got on the team. The good news for Blackhawks fans is that they’ll be able to see him tomorrow, as he’s expected to be active against Finland.
Sharp has 28 goals and 30 assists in 60 games for Chicago thus far.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW, Detroit Red Wings: We can’t sign off today without discussing Zetterberg, whose name has been on the lips of every hockey fan this weekend. Thanks to a herniated disc in his back, he’s officially been ruled out for the rest of the Olympics and will head home to Detroit to see a specialist this weekend.
This is not only horrible news for team Sweden, but for the Red Wings as well. There’s some speculation out there that this could be a lengthy injury, so it might be a while before we see Zetterberg out on the ice again. We’ll keep you posted as the information comes in.
What to Watch This Weekend: We’ve got another solid round of games set for today and tomorrow on the Olympic stage. With the Slovakia-Slovenia and USA-Russia games appealing to the early-risers and insomniacs, the rest of us can catch a couple good matchups at 12:00 PM ET today in Switzerland-Czech Republic (TSN, NBCSN) and Sweden-Latvia (USA, SNET 1).
Tomorrow, We’ve got four games as well, starting at 3:00 AM ET with Austria-Norway (TSN2, USA) then Russia-Slovakia (USA, SNET) and Slovenia-USA (NBCSN) at 7:30 AM ET. The “late” game is Finland-Canada at 12:00 PM ET (CBC, USA).
Upcoming NHL Schedule: Due to the Olympics, we won’t be seeing any NHL games until the 25th of this month--and most of the league won’t get back into action until the 27th. That said, here’s an advance look at the upcoming games when the league kicks back into gear, along with the start times and TV networks carrying each matchup.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres: (NHLN-US, SPSO, MSG-B, BELL TV)
Wednesday, February 26, 2014:
7:30 PM ET:
Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres (TSN2, NBCSN)
Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens (RDS, TSN, FS-D)
10:00 PM ET:
Los Angeles Kings at Colorado Avalanche (TSN2, NBCSN)
10:30 PM ET:
St. Louis Blues at Vancouver Canucks (FS-MW, SNET-P)
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